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By J. Nilsson

This examine examines how a selected collection of movies became American cultural fabric of the Nineteen Nineties into satirical reports for audience and reveals that there are components of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream information channels and Hollywood, and to reliable American background already embedded within the tradition.

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This type of general discussion also figures in the concluding chapter. In practice, this means making visible the connections between the films and the contexts while avoiding general speculation. This motivates the inclusion of secondary material. Press material (industry press, daily press, weekly press) and marketing material (production notes, taglines, interviews, DVD “extras”) are primarily used to position the films according to industry matters and aesthetic norms, but also in a cultural context.

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Theorizing Satire Because satire comes in so many forms and because it is so varied, this study does not offer a unified theory that deals comprehensively with all its aspects. Instead, it could be said to offer what Noël Carroll would call a local theory of film satire. This means that “rather than theorizing about every element of film style in light of a set of limited theoretical presuppositions [ . . ”115 The problem with the poetics approach in terms of analyzing satire is the aspect of how films relate to society.

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